Five members of the Metropolitan Police Department have received official commendations from Chief Maurice Turner. In one case, the police were aided by emergency medical technicians from the District Fire Department.
Sgt. Jerry Kaigler had finished his shift and was driving home about 8 p.m. on Feb. 21, when he saw a house on fire at 3041 Sherman Ave. NW. He stopped, and tried to run into the house, but was driven back by flames.
Kaigler then noticed that the fire was spreading to an adjoining house. He found a wooden bench and smashed the windows. Once inside the house, he found an elderly woman, whom he carried outside.
The woman was treated for smoke inhalation, and Kaigler for cuts from broken glass.
On a patrol on Feb. 13, on 25th Street SE, Capt. Wyndell Watkins saw an apartment building in flames. He called for fire and police assistance. Police Officers Lawrence Reeves and William Haupt arrived, and the three entered the building, pounding on doors until they had to run outside for air.
Emergency Medical Technicians Albert Rowell Jr. and Wallace Horn of the D.C. Fire Department arrived just as Reeves got outside. Reeves and Rowell shared an oxygen mask and reentered the building.
Horn ran behind the building and found a woman screaming for help from a second-floor apartment. Horn found a ladder, and the woman passed four children to him.
After the children were saved, however, the woman began to panic, and would not listen to Horn's instructions to stay near the window. She retreated into the smoke-filled apartment, and fell into semiconsciousness.
Reeves and Rowell then found her, gave her the oxygen mask, and carried her from the building. She was treated for smoke inhalation.
About noon on Feb. 5, Officer Clifford Banks was told of a fire at 220 T St. NE. When he arrived, neighbors told him that someone was trapped on the second floor.
Banks ran into the building, kicked in an apartment door, found an unconscious man and carried him to a window. A fire company had arrived with a ladder, and Banks handed the man out the window. The man was treated for smoke inhalation. 2 From Area Win Kite Contest
Two Washingtonians were among the trophy winners at the 20th Annual Smithsonian Kite Festival held recently on the grounds of the Washington Monument.
Jason Green won in the category of "sled" or rectangular kites. Fred Klein's entry was chosen as the best of those designed like spacecraft.
All kites must be handmade, and must fly at least 100 feet off the ground for at least one minute. This year, the contest drew 150 kite enthusiasts from states as distant as Florida, Texas and Michigan.